Licensed premises pass underage drinking test

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Licensed premises in Market Harborough passed an underage drinking test operation with flying colours

Staff at 14 licensed premises in the town all refused to serve alcohol to underage teenagers.

Police officers from Harborough police targeted off-licenses, pubs and takeaways in the town with a licensing officer from Harborough District Council last Friday evening.

The businesses were visited by two 16-year-old volunteers who asked to buy an alcoholic drink. None of the premises sold alcohol to the youths.

Sergeant Phil Durrant from Market Harborough Neighbourhood Policing Area said; “I am delighted that none of the premises served alcohol to the young people because that is so crucial in our fight to tackle underage drinking and alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour.

“It is good news that licensed premises in the town are taking their responsibilities seriously.

“It was great to work in partnership with Harborough District Council and carry out joint visits as it reinforces the seriousness of the consequences of breaking the law and serves as a reminder to all those selling alcohol to be proactive in asking for identification.

“I would also like to remind people if you are under 21, be prepared to be challenged when purchasing alcohol and to remember to carry photographic identification as we expect off-licenses in the town to ensure they are protecting our communities by not permitting sales under-age. Acceptable forms of identification are a photo driving license, passport or a Government approved P.A.S.S card. ”

Councillor Rosita Page, who has responsibility for community safety at Harborough District Council, said: “We are delighted that all the licensed premises tested as part of this operation were compliant.

“It is a credit to the vigilance of the management and staff of these premises.”

Anyone with information about alcohol being sold to underage people should contact Leicestershire Police on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.